University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow

Charity registered in Scotland SC004401

University of Glasgow

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Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) is a distinctive approach to improving outcomes for all children and young people in neighbourhoods with high levels of poverty.

The approach is place-based and vitally, has children, young people and families at its core. Working with local people and organisations, CNS aims to provide a focused approach to improving outcomes for children and young people by seeking to increase participation, working in partnership to agree in priorities for the neighbourhood and supporting the development of collaborative solutions to achieve change. This is an innovative partnership between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and Policy Scotland and the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC) within the University of Glasgow and is supported by commitments made within the Scottish Government’s Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.

In Scotland, the first Children's Neighbourhood has been established in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock in Glasgow and with recent further significant investment from the Scottish Government, CNS is now extending to other urban, town and rural settings.

The Children’s Neighbourhoods approach involves a Local Coordinator based in the neighbourhood and supported by the CNS team that provides strategic direction, undertakes evaluation and research, manages communications, and provides development and learning support across the sites. CNS also connects to the wider network of place-based approaches across the UK and beyond.

The Local Coordinator is the visible expression of CNS in a locality, facilitating collaboration with local organisations, families and children and young people, and aligning efforts to support change.

In this role, you will be responsible for working with the CNS team to lead the local implementation of CNS and for delivering the community engagement and capacity-building aspects of CNS. You will establish, facilitate and sustain strong relationships with key partners and stakeholders to effect change from public, private and third sector organisations and with local children and young people to improve outcomes and their participation in the decisions that affect them.